All posts filed under: Restaurants

Soulard Coffee Garden and Cafe | Soulard, St. Louis, MO

Soulard Coffee Garden is a cozy spot located in the Historic Soulard Neighborhood near Downtown St. Louis. At first glance, you would never expect this hole in the wall restaurant to have great gluten free options but stop in and you’ll be surprised. Menu items are marked with a “G” if they are gluten free and the home fries are baked not fried. And let’s not forget the mimosa pitches and other boozy breakfast delights. My go-to’s are the Hash & Eggs (pictured here) and the Slinger. Always get the home fries, you will regret it if you don’t. Check them out here and hmu next time you’re in the neighborhood and looking for a brunch date ūüėČ Advertisements

New Day Gluten Free, Clayton, MO

I think the name says it all with this one. New Day is a completely gluten free restaurant that features a cafe and bakery. They, also, ship their products Nationwide. Pictured above is the Italian Melt Sandwich with chips.  I cannot stop thinking about the bun, it almost tasted like real bread!!!! Everything I have gotten from here as always exceeded my expectations. Please check out their website for more information 

Retreat Gastropub, Midtown, St. Louis, MO

Retreat Gastropub does not advertise their gluten free options but they have gluten free buns and a dedicated fryer for their amazing french fries. My go-to is the farmhouse burger because I cannot resist a fried egg. They, also, have GF crusts for their flatbreads but last time I was there the wait staff told me that they are not celiac safe because they cook them on the same surface as gluten crusts. As always, make sure to ask each time to ensure their fryer policies have not changed! For more information head over to their site

A² | Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 

***Update: unfortunately A squared closed their doors on Monday October 10th check out their webpage for more information*****  I have been trying to make my way to A¬≤  (pronounced A- squared) for a few months now and I finally made it!!! This is one of the only completely gluten free restaurants in St. Louis city. They recently made Feast Magazine’s “15 Best Spots for Gluten-Free Dining in St. Louis.” I am excited to make my way through that list. Sam and I decided to order a few things off the menu and share. This is our go-to when trying out new GF restaurants. Pictured above is the Washington Avenue Sandwich (Smoked Chicken, Cabbage salad, BBQ Mayo, and Mustard Aioli). I am not a mayo fan at all. I avoid it at all costs normally but I was intrigued by the BBQ flavor. I ended up LOVING this sandwich. The baguette was amazing. That being said, the chips were nothing special, lacked salt/flavor, and ours were a bit soggy with grease. Our second order was the …

Austin, TX 

Hey y’all, I went to Texas and actually had (mostly) amazing gluten free food so I wanted to share my findings! VIA 313 Pizza | 1111 E 6th St,¬†Austin, TX This place was great. We went to the 6th St. location which is more of a food truck and the delivered our pizza into the bar next door. This was definitely top 5 GF pizza’s I’ve ever had. There are multiple locations all over the Austin area too. Hopdoddy Burger Bar | 1400 S Congress Ave, Ste A190,¬†Austin, TX Not pictured: truffle fries fried in dedicated frier! WOO! But, don’t eat these burgers. Felt very not okay after eating here but I definitely took a risk eating here. The reviews were very 50/50 if the place was celiac safe or not. Check on the fries if you go but they were in a dedicated fryer when I was there and they were amazing. Frank’s | 4th & Colorado, Austin 78701 Awesome late night snack stop. The waiter was super knowledgeable about the gluten free options. …

The Lona’s Obsession¬†Continues

Decided to pick up Lona’s Lil Eats for take out last¬†weekend with Sam and to try some new things on the menu. We are still obsessed. This time we both ended up getting the grilled steak wrap. They are famous for the wraps claiming they are the “original giant rice paper wraps” and let me tell you, they are not joking¬†because¬†this thing was MASSIVE. I ate it for three separate meals. I also got the chopped vinaigrette salad for my side. Their smoked vinaigrette is amazing! To learn more about Lona’s check out my first blog post about them.

The Corner Pub & Grill | Valley Park, St. Louis, MO 

You know those restaurants with a story that just make you feel good and safe to eat at? Well Corner Pub & Grill is that place for me. The owner’s daughter was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2005 at the age of 7 and so all of his restaurant’s have gluten free menus. See my post about the Tavern. However, the Corner Pub¬†in particular has its gluten free menu named after his daughter Hanna. Read more about their story here.¬† This is actually the second time I have been to the Corner Pub. The first time I got nachos and chili but Sam and I inhaled our food and didn’t get a picture. This time I made sure to get a picture because I have been dying to tell you all about this gem. Do you see those breaded chicken fingers??? They are amazing as they look. They have a dedicated fryer and they aren’t afraid to use it (so they say). I think the live up to that statement. I know not everyone loves …

Lona’s Lil Eats | St. Louis, MO

First let me address the elephant in the room (picture): The can of Busch is my boyfriend Sam’s and even though he drank some gluten with our dinner, he really enjoyed his gluten free food. Lona’s Lil Eats’ menu is completely gluten free expect their dumplings and like 1 dish with a flour tortilla. However, they are known for their MASSIVE (seriously they are huge) rice paper wraps. But in typical Hayley fashion, I got something else. I got the Lona-Q Chicken. It consisted of grilled chicken, stir-fried glass noddles, and Lona-Q sauce. The sauce was similar to a sweet and spicy asian BBQ sauce and was amazingly good. All plates come with a side or salad so I opted for the chopped vinaigrette. Sam got the #1 5 Star platter which was basically everything on the menu, typical. We both loved this place and are planning to go again very soon. It had such a cute interior and patio seating outside. Check out their hours and menu here.¬†

Kayak’s by Kaldi Coffee | St. Louis, MO¬†

¬†I’ve been meaning to post about Kayak’s for months now but I keep eating my food before I remember to take a picture… Anyways, I love this place. It’s so close to my campus and work that I find myself in there more often than I should. They have a huge menu and most of their items can be made gluten free with a $1.50 up-charge for the GF bread (womp womp only downside). This place has amazing coffee as well. It’s the perfect environment to study, meet with friends, or grab a quick bite to eat. AND they have free wifi! On my most recent trip, I stopped in for breakfast and got an orange, a strawberry smoothie, and a biscotti. All very delicious. I get their¬†sandwiches and they are great about informing me on the cooking process. They do cook the food on the same surfaces but will put foil down per your request to help minimize cross-contamination. Thanks, Kayak’s! Check out their full menu here.¬†

Mission Taco Joint | Soulard, St. Louis, MO

Who doesn't love a good Margarita and some tacos? And these margs and tacos are GREAT! I know what you are thinking, the plate below doesn't look like tacos. They are the insides of tacos, but they are amazing. They do have corn tortillas at Mission Taco but they are warmed up on the same surface as their flour tortillas and therefore not safe with those who are highly sensitive. However, they are still amazing and you arguable get more when you order them "naked".Pictured above are naked chorizo and naked carne asada tacos. The chorizo comes with house made chorizo sausage, fresh avocado, wood-fire grilled pineapple pico de gallo, pickled jalapeno, cilantro-lime cream and the carne asada comes with wood-fire grilled flanked steak, baby arugula, queso fresco, avocado serrano sauce. Both have some kick to them so if you don't like some heat to your food, I would go with a different choice. Ask your servers which tacos are gluten free as their menu changes and updates regularly. Also, unfortunately the queso dip is spiked …